News of the year 2014

Date: 07.07.2014


Natcore claims Australian partner in production plant site selection mode

Monday, 7.7.2014 - 19:07 (PV-Tech)

‘Black Silicon’ solar cell material start-up, Natcore Technology has claimed its secretive Australian business partner Denzo Pty Limited has been undertaking site selection analysis in advance of building a small solar cell production facility in Australia. Read more

Conergy nets US$60 million bank guarantee to underpin project expansion

Monday, 7.7.2014 - 13:20 (PV-Tech)

Deutsche Bank has arranged a deal with Conergy, worth US$60 million, to allow the downstream solar company to expand the capacity of its forthcoming projects by as much as 400MWp. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

Start Your Engines: Solar Power Hits the Speedway

Monday, 7.7.2014 - 20:51 (Renewable Energy World)

Last week the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indianapolis 500, unveiled its 9-MW solar farm, making it the largest solar plant at any sporting facility in the world. Read more

Taiwan PV suppliers hit by looming US anti-dumping decision

Monday, 7.7.2014 - 20:15 (PV-Tech)

Major Taiwanese PV suppliers such as Motech Industries, Neo Solar Power, Gintech Energy and Green Energy Technology all experienced revenue declines in June, 2014 due to pending preliminary decisions on possible anti-dumping duties. Read more

JinkoSolar starts China university’s ‘Dream Grid’ project

Monday, 7.7.2014 - 18:11 (PV-Tech)

JinkoSolar is kicking-off a programme that involves Chinese universities with solar energy and small-scale smart grids for educational purposes. Read more

Canadian Solar sells first solar power plant to Concord Green Energy

Monday, 7.7.2014 - 18:10 (PV-Tech)

Module manufacturer, Canadian Solar’s subsidiary Canadian Solar Solutions has completed the sale of a 10MW solar power plant. Read more

India Should Limit Solar Duties to Shield Investments, Tata Says

Monday, 7.7.2014 - 16:24 (Renewable Energy World)

India should refrain from slapping retroactive duties on solar power plants already under construction to avoid disrupting investment into the industry, a unit of the nation’s biggest industrial group said. Read more

6 Solar Fred Marketing Hopes for Manufacturers at Intersolar

Monday, 7.7.2014 - 15:32 (Renewable Energy World)

This week is Intersolar North America in San Francisco, and while I haven’t gotten a preview of any solar company booths, here’s what I hope I’ll see: 1) I hope I’ll even see a booth. Many solar manufacturers have decided to skip Intersolar (and SPI), the two most important solar conventions in the U.S. I strongly believe that’s a mistake. If you’r Read more

LDK Solar secures module deal and PV project plans

Monday, 7.7.2014 - 14:49 (PV-Tech)

Struggling LDK Solar said it had secured a 64MW PV module supply agreement with Thailand based energy supplier Energy Absolute PCL, while recently announcing its PV project development subsidiary SPI Solar has signed a 50MW agreement with Chinese provisional government, Fenyi County, Jiangxi Province. Read more

Friends of the Earth: ministers should rethink solar cuts

Monday, 7.7.2014 - 13:53 (Solarpowerportal)

Environmental charity, Friends of the Earth has urged UK ministers to rethink changes to solar support. Read more

Scatec Solar completes second South Africa PV power plant

Monday, 7.7.2014 - 13:49 (PV-Tech)

The build-out of PV projects planned under South Africa’s flagship renewable energy programme continues with the completion of the 40MW Linde project in the Northern Cape province. Read more

Beyond the Meter: Remote Solar on the Horizon?

Monday, 7.7.2014 - 12:54 (Renewable Energy World)

A Less-Than-Totally-Addressable Market Commercial solar can be an extremely difficult, uphill sell. Not only must a salesperson overcome traditional customer barriers of ignorance, indifference, or fear, with a product that can seem formidably technical, but they have to do so in what is to date an inordinately small addressable market. Consider a Read more

Scatec Solar completes another 40 MW solar PV plant in South Africa, increases its installed capacity to 115 MW

Monday, 7.7.2014 - 12:50 (Solarserver)

Scatec Solar, an integrated independent solar power producer headquartered in Oslo, Norway, has started commercial operations of a 40 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in South Africa, increasing its installed capacity in the country to 115 MW. The Linde project, located in the Northern Cape region, is the second utility-scale solar PV plant Scatec Solar completes under the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Program and the first of its two projects awarded in the second round. Read more

Solar power plant commissioned in south of France

Monday, 7.7.2014 - 12:15 (PV-Tech)

Financial group, Caisse des Dépôts and the Compagnie Nationale du Rhône (CNR), an independent renewable power developer and France’s second largest electricity producer have inaugurated a 12MW solar power plant. Read more

Over 150 U.K. businesses urge Prime Minister Cameron to back British solar industry

Monday, 7.7.2014 - 11:18 (Solarserver)

A coalition of over 150 businesses from the U.K. solar industry and beyond have come together to warn David Cameron of the threat to Britain’s thriving solar photovoltaic (PV) industry. A letter to Downing Street from a wide coalition of both big and small businesses including household names such as IKEA has asked the Prime Minister to back the UK solar industry, the British Solar Trade Association (STA, Milton Keynes, UK) emphasizes. Read more

UK government urged to throw weight behind ‘thriving’ British solar

Monday, 7.7.2014 - 11:15 (PV-Tech)

Over 150 companies have co-signed a letter to the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, urging him to support Britain’s thriving solar industry. Read more

Conergy acquires solar PV project rights in the U.K. totaling 166 MW

Monday, 7.7.2014 - 10:47 (Solarserver)

Downstream solar photovoltaic (PV) company Conergy Group (Hamburg, Germany) on July 7th, 2014 announced the construction of a new 21 MWp PV power plant in the United Kingdom, and the acquisition of a portfolio of rights to solar PV projects in the country with a combined potential capacity of 166 MWp. The 21 MWp PV plant will be built by Conergy UK & Ireland in the suburbs of Bristol, the largest city in south-west England with a metropolitan population of one million. Read more

Optimized utilization of solar power: VARTA presents Engion home energy storage system at Intersolar North America

Monday, 7.7.2014 - 10:28 (Solarserver)

VARTA Microbattery (Rye, N.Y.) manufacturer of an extensive variety of high-technology rechargeable and primary batteries announced that VARTA Storage GmbH (Nördlingen, Germany) is featuring the Engion Home solar photovoltaic (PV) storage system at Intersolar North America, held July 8th through 10th, 2014 in San Francisco, CA. Engion Home is a member of VARTA Storage's Engion family of energy storage solutions utilizing lithium ion (li-ion) technology to store energy generated by home solar PV systems. Read more

Mounting Systems exhibits new structures for flat roof, open terrain PV arrays at Intersolar North America

Monday, 7.7.2014 - 10:23 (Solarserver)

Mounting Systems Inc. (West Sacramento, CA), manufacturer of residential, commercial and utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) mounting structures will introduce a range of new and significantly updated products at the Intersolar North America exhibition set for the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco from July 8th–10th. MSI will show its all-new, ballasted Lambda Light S and Lambda Light EW products for commercial, flat roof PV arrays. Lambda Light S is a light-weight, highly economical flat roof system, the company notes. The south-facing LLI S is engineered to minimize parts count and fast, easy assembly and installation. Read more

David Cameron told to support UK solar by over 150 companies

Monday, 7.7.2014 - 8:53 (Solarpowerportal)

A letter to Prime Minister, David Cameron urging him to support Britain’s thriving solar industry has been signed by more than 150 businesses. Read more

Hanwha Q CELLS receives carbon footprint certificate for the French solar PV market

Monday, 7.7.2014 - 8:48 (Solarserver)

Hanwha Q CELLS, Europe’s largest PV provider headquartered in Thalheim, Germany, on July 4th, 2014 announced that it has received independent confirmation for producing solar photovoltaic (PV) modules with a low carbon footprint. The French institute Solstyce had analysed various production data of the company´s solar cell and PV module production. In the institute´s final report a CO2 consumption of below 400 kg per kWp has been confirmed on June 24th, 2014. Read more

3TIER to develop national solar atlas of India

Monday, 7.7.2014 - 8:42 (Solarserver)

3TIER India Private Ltd. (Bangalore), a wholly owned subsidiary of Vaisala (Vantaa, Finland) and provider of global renewable energy assessment and forecasting information, has been selected through a global tender for satellite data to create a solar atlas of India. An agreement has been signed with the Centre for Wind Energy Technology (C-WET), an autonomous research and development institution that forms a part of the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). Under the terms of agreement, 3TIER will work directly with C-WET to develop and disseminate critical investor-grade information that will enable India to meet its ambitious solar energy capacity targets. Read more


Biofuel Advancement Threatened: How Can We Save the Renewable Fuel Standard?

Monday, 7.7.2014 - 15:21 (Renewable Energy World)

Advanced biofuels are no longer a futuristic hope — they are here. This year, three companies including DuPont will turn on commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol biorefineries, the result of billions of dollars in investment and close to 10 years of collaborative research with universities, government agencies and other private entities. This is a tremendous step forward in our country’s effort to lower our dependence on finite fuel sources and to give consumers a renewable choice at the pump. Read more

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Hydrogen/Fuel Cell

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Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

Shunfeng backs out of geothermal energy deal

Monday, 7.7.2014 - 12:15 (PV-Tech)

Shunfeng Photovoltaic, the owner of module maker Wuxi Suntech, has announced that it has backed out of a proposed deal for a geothermal heat pump company. Read more

Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

US Government Has Big Bucks To Help Jumpstart Renewable Energy Innovation

Monday, 7.7.2014 - 21:41 (Renewable Energy World)

In an effort to seek out and give financial help to innovative technologies that reduce energy use and encourage the uptake of renewable energy, the U.S. government last week announced that it was making $4 billion available in loan guarantees. The money, which is provided by the Loan Program Office (LPO), is for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases. Read more

Filling the Gap: Homebuilders, Restaurants Selling Clean Energy in Japan’s Power Market

Monday, 7.7.2014 - 16:32 (Renewable Energy World)

Watami Co., a restaurant chain in Japan known best as a hangout for salarymen, is getting into the business of selling power -- and it isn’t alone. Read more

China taps IBM in ‘Green Horizon’ renewable energy programme

Monday, 7.7.2014 - 13:55 (PV-Tech)

The Beijing Municipal Government is collaborating with IBM by deploying its ‘HyRef’ (Hybrid Renewable Energy Forecasting) technology to tackle air pollution, energy optimisation for local industries and better renewable energy forecasting. Read more

Researchers Developing Supercomputer to Tackle Grid Challenges

Monday, 7.7.2014 - 13:31 (Renewable Energy World)

"Big data" is playing an increasingly big role in the renewable energy industry and the transformation of the nation's electrical grid, and no single entity provides a better tool for such data than the Energy Department's Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) located on the campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Imagined by NREL leaders who foresaw the possibilities for high performance computing (HPC), the ESIF's HPC data center is fulfilling the goal of handling large and complex datasets that exceed traditional database processes. Read more

IBM Research to support China’s ambitious renewable energy and environmental goals

Monday, 7.7.2014 - 10:39 (Solarserver)

IBM has announced that it is deploying the full force of its researchers in laboratories around the world in a 10-year initiative to support China in transforming its national energy systems and protecting the health of citizens. Dubbed "Green Horizon", the project sets out to leap beyond current global practices in three areas critical to China's sustainable growth: air quality management, renewable energy forecasting and energy optimization for industry. Read more


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